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Baruch Nadel papers

Call Number: MS 1393

Scope and Contents

The Baruch Nadel Papers consist of research materials collected by Nadel for use in his proposed studies of Abraham Stern and of the mass emigration of Jews from Iraq to Israel in 1950 and 1951. The papers also include correspondence, writings, printed material, and other documents pertaining to Baruch Nadel's father, Menahem Nadel, the Labor Zionist movement, and Israeli history. The bulk of the material is composed of interviews and documents relating to Abraham Stern, the founder of Lohamei Herut Israel ('Lehi'), an armed underground organization founded in 1940 which directed its activities against the British Mandatory authorities in Palestine. Though the papers include printed books, pamphlets, newspapers, and other materials dating from 1918 on, the bulk of the papers date after 1969. Series I, Abraham Stern files, is the largest of the three series.


  • 1847-1992
  • Majority of material found within 1971 - 1985


Language of Materials

Most of the papers are in Hebrew, with smaller quantities in English and Arabic.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research. Series II was opened to research in 2014; prior to that it was restricted under a donor-imposed access restriction. Patrons must use HM 208 instead of the originals, except for Box 9 and the additions which were not filmed.

Existence and Location of Copies

The papers (excluding Box 9 and the additions) are also available on microfilm (8 reels, 35mm.) from Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, at cost. Order no. HM208.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Baruch Nadel, 1984-1988 and 1991-1992.


The papers are arranged in three series: I. Abraham Stern Files, 1929-1985. II. Iraqi Jewish Immigration Files, 1949-1985. III. Other Papers, 1918-1985, and two additions.

Related Materials

Audio cassettes of Nadel's interviews with Hillel Kook are in the Historical Sound Recordings Collection in the Yale University Library.


4 Linear Feet ( (12 boxes))

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The papers consist of Baruch Nadel's research materials for a proposed book on Abraham Stern, the founder of Lohamei Herut Israel ("Lehi"), an armed underground organization in British Palestine. The papers include more than 150 transcribed interviews conducted by Nadel, interviews by others with members of Lehi, memoirs by Lehi members and Stern aides, and poems and letters by Stern. Also included in the papers are Nadel's research materials concerning the emigration of Jews from Iraq between 1950 and 1951 and collected materials relating to Jewish life in Europe and to Nadel's father, Menaḥem Nadel, and others involved in early Zionist political groups, Palestine under the Mandate, and the State of Israel.

Biographical / Historical

Baruch Nadel was born in Palestine on February 10, 1926. He was a member of the Haganah from 1942 to 1947, studied mathematics at the Hebrew University from 1945 to 1947, and joined the Lohamei Herut Israel ("Lehi") in 1948. Nadel served with the Israeli Defense Forces from 1951 to 1953. From 1957 to 1967 he was the manager of Nadel Advertising and in 1968 he joined the staff of the newspaper Yediot Aharonot. He is the author of books on Israeli history and politics.

Guide to the Baruch Nadel Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Diane E. Kaplan and Laurie R. Cohen
April 1988
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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